Rating – 4.5 out of 5
In A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas, Feyre is working through her complicated feelings surrounding the events that happened under the mountain (NO SPOILERS!). With Rhysand still expecting her a the night court frequently and Tamlin not allowing her to help, Feyre is in bind. How can she break free and start to heal? Will the Night Court help or hurt in this new world? Only time will tell for Feyre.
“‘I will say this once – and only once,’ Rhysand purred stalking to the map on the wall. ‘You can be a pawn, be someone’s reward, and spend the rest of you immortal live bowing and scraping and pretending you’re less than him, than Ianthe, than any of us. If you want to pick that road, then fine. A shame but it’s your choice.'”
“‘Or,’ he plowed ahead, ‘you’ve got another choice. You can master whatever powers we gave you, and make it count. You can play a role in this war. Because war is coming one way or another, and do not try to delude yourself that any of the Fae will give a shit about your family across the wall when our whole territory is likely to become a charnel house.’
I stared at the map- at Prythian, and that sliver of land at it’s southern base.
‘You want me to save the mortal realm?’ he asked. ‘Then become someone Prythian listens to. Become vital. Become a weapon. Because there might be a day, Feyre, when only you stand between the King of Hybern and your human family. And you do not want to be unprepared.’
I lifted my gaze to him, my breath tight, aching.
As if he hadn’t just knocked the world from beneath my feet, Rhysand said, ‘Think it over. Take the week. Ask Tamlin, if it’s make you sleep better. See what charming Ianthe says about it. But it’s your choice to make- no one else’s'”
– A Court of Mist and Fury, Pg. 74
Why I liked A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
I am loving the way that fairy tales are making a big come back in YA lit with A Court of Mist and Fury as well as several others. As a young girl, I loved tales that included strong heroines that took charge of the situation and came into their own. Women who were just as accomplished and interesting as the men around them. With Feyre, we see not only that but also a vulnerability that I found appealing. There are problems that take time to heal from, and this book had a good way of showing how one fairy-human walked through those problems. I think this is a positive message that I have encountered in this and other YA books – that healing takes time and work.
This book went deeper into the dynamics of what happens when a couple betrays each other. The maturity that Feyre uses to deal with her partner was uplifting to read. She takes her time to not only find the relationship that she wants but also find herself within that relationship, which I appreciate. I won’t spoil what happens, but suffice it to say – I am happy with the outcomes of this book, even more than the last. I also think Feyre and her partner are good at talking through their problems and making sure that they understand each other. Another not only interesting story but also a good one for especially young people to read.
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